‘Paternity Court’ Renewed With 80% Coverage

The syndicated show hosted by judge Lauren Lake has been cleared on stations covering 80% of U.S. television homes.

MGM’s Orion TV Productions has renewed rookie syndicated court show Paternity Court with judge Lauren Lake for a second season, with stations on board reaching 80% of U.S. TV households, including on CBS Television Stations’ WLNY New York.

On the half-hour show, Lake presides over a single case, at the end revealing DNA paternity test results.

“We have a great judge in Lauren Lake,” says John Bryan, president of domestic television distribution at MGM Television. “I think her name got people to tune in. Now, she is a superstar. People really engage with her.”

So far this season, Paternity Court is averaging a 0.6 rating among women 25-54, up 20% since its premiere, based on Nielsen ratings through the week of Dec. 30, 2013.

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Michael Castengera says:

January 28, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Uh…. Yay?

Roger Lyons says:

January 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm

First, Trifecta renews “OK TV” with nonexistent ratings and now this? Is this what it takes now to get renewed in first-run syndication?

Dennis Bragg says:

January 28, 2014 at 10:39 pm

Unfortunately there are Independent stations and even Network affiliated stations out there that renew shows that barely get a rating point just to have content. Some shows don’t even cost the stations any money to run as they are on an all-barter basis, basically sharing ad revenue with the producer of the show. Sometimes this is a building block step until the station can afford to take on shows that have higher ratings and returns. But still this kind of fare is just a bad option for viewers.

    Teri Keene says:

    January 29, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    I agree – I remember a time when those type of ratings would get a show canceled in 13 weeks.